Through the power of story, nationally recognized journalist Jane Clayson Johnson shines a light on the desperate, dark, and lonely reality faced by those who struggle with clinical depression. At once hopeful and heart-wrenching, Silent Souls Weeping examines the stigma and isolation associated with depression, as well as the dangers of perfectionistic tendencies and suicidal ideation.
Beginning with an open and frank exploration of her own experience with clinical depression, the author goes on to share stories gathered from interviews with more than 150 men, women, and teens—all members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—who have suffered from depression.
Within these stories is a plea to change the dialogue surrounding depression, particularly among Latter-day Saints, who face unique struggles as they try to fit a disease manifest through sorrow into a religion centered on a "plan of happiness."
"The worst part of depression," writes the author, "is the profound isolation it engenders, not just from the Spirit but from family, friends, and community." Sharing our stories is the first step toward ending that isolation. This important book opens the door for a new level of honesty and helpfulness, both for those who suffer from depression and for their family members, friends, and Church leaders.
|Size||6 x 9|
|Published||Deseret Book 2018|
|Audiobook Narrator||Jane Clayson Johnson|
|Audiobook Runtime||Approximately 7 hrs.|
Silent Souls Weeping, by Jane Clayson Johnson, had me from Page 1. I have never read something this informative about depression and everything that goes along with it. Jane shares not only her personal experiences, but also opens the door and gives you great insight on all forms of depression.
I never before realized the isolation that these individuals experience on a daily basis. Reading the different struggles that they go through awakened in me a desire to know and learn more. The statement, “Depression is a disease not a spiritual deficit,” has stuck in my head since I first read it.
As a leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, it has made me more aware of other other individuals feelings. It has given me a desire to listen more, judge less and be more supportive and understanding of those who might be suffering from depression.
Jane takes you on an amazing journey filled with hope and love. I was truly moved to tears by several of the stories where they shared their struggles and experiences and how they found hope. I commend these individuals that had the courage to share their personal stories.
Well done Jane, this is a truly remarkable book filled with informative and moving experiences that touch your heart and leave you wanting to know more. I would recommend this book to everyone I know, whether you are struggling with this disease or know someone who has it - this is a great tool for helping others.
I appreciate the candid way that the author brought about some of the dark cultural issues involving members of the church. The toxic perfectionism, and pride, the judgment that those who are struggling is a consequence of not being ‘close enough’ to the Lord or because of transgression, the shaming of early returned missionaries and of persons with mental illness.
It is amazing that for a body of people who believe in being part of the only true church, we are very judgemental of members and nonmembers alike. This must unintentional toxicity must be done away with so we can bring about Zion for the Lord. At the rate we’re going nonmembers around the world will be the ones doing it.
I really liked how this book opened my eyes to the large scale of depression. I have faced different levels of depression through out my life and this book gave me comfort and a place to turn to. This is such a hard issue to have all the answers for because depression comes to so many of us in so many ways and this is a great place to start on understanding what individuals might be feeling. This would be a great book for anyone dealing with any feelings of depression or if you have a loved one struggling with it. I do love how this book opens up a discussion of depression and brings these issues out of the dark and into the light so we can all understand this issue. I would recommend this book to any parent, friend, spouse, mission president, medical professional, or to anyone wanting to understand depression more. It was such a great read or as a gift to someone dealing with or surrounded with depression.
Oh how I wish this valuable resource would have been available to me as a young parent, bishop, and stake President to have greater understanding to help my own children as well as members of my ward and stake who suffered from depression. This book is a must-read for those who suffer from depression as well as friends, family, and Church leaders of those who suffer.
Having suffered with depression most of my life, I have read many books and articles about the subject. Silent Souls Weeping is THE best book I have ever read on the subject and for me, gives the most accurate description of what it feels like to be depressed.
This book is also full of hope and relief, It helped me to see that I am not flawed, it is the illness, I am not worthless, it is the illness that takes over my thoughts.
What a blessing of hope and understanding this book is, when you feel like nobody understands.
I can’t thank you enough Jane.
I bought this book to better understand my daughters depression. It did that and more. Now when I talk to my daughter I understand more of what she is dealing with and my questions have more knowledge behind them.
This book is extremely powerful. It's hard to describe the emotional journey I went on while reading. As someone who battles an internal battle with depression and anxiety sometimes this book was a little too "real". That is in no way a fault of the author. I just read it during a period that i personally was a little emotionally raw and vulnerable. This book is so necessary and important to remove the ridiculous stigma that exists around depression in the Mormon culture. Hearing the experiences of other important figures and leaders was so refreshing to me. I would never wish these battles on my worst enemy, but it helped me feel not so alone and also see a light on the other side of some journeys. I will forever be thankful I read this book.
This is a wonderful book. It is nice to know that there is people who have the same condition as you. Anxiety & depression are real.
PHENOMENAL! I would highly recommend this book to any person with depression, any person who has someone in their life with depression, and everyone else! I was diagnosed with depression 18 months ago and have spent a lot of time processing that this means for my life, my happiness, and my success. This book came with so much information, validation, insight, and real life stories that I could relate to in so many ways. Some of my main takeaways from this book:
1. Depression IS an illness. If you have depression, it isn't because you did something wrong. You didn't sin. You didn't cause this. God loves you.
2. Mental health should really be referred to as brain health. Because depression (and other mental illnesses) are a disorder of the brain.
3. Talking about our own stories of depression and mental illness is the one of the best forms of medication.
4. Depression is a chronic illness. This has prompted a lot of introspection for me as I realized I still haven't accepted the fact that this didn't start 18 months ago when I got diagnosed and this won't magically go away. It helped me understand why I am constantly surprised when I have dips in how I am feeling and how I am functioning.
5. Talking openly about mental illness / suicide, etc doesn't cause those things to happen. Talking openly about these things allows people suffering to verbalize what they are going through so they can get help before it is too late. THIS WAS HUGE FOR ME.
6. There are people all around us suffering silently. Don't judge. Don't assume. Just love.
7. You can still be a successful person if you have a mental illness. There is a way through it. If Abraham Lincoln can be President of the United States with depression, I can achieve all of my goals too. So can you.
7. Most of all, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT MENTAL ILLNESS MORE. We need to remove the stigma. This is real. People need help, understanding and love.
Highly recommended. Deeply impacted. Thank you Jane Clayson Johnson for doing what has been so needed to be done. I appreciate your vulnerability, the time you have taken to research this topic and interview so many people. You have blessed my life so greatly.
I bought this book because of a dear friend who also suffers from depression recommended the book in a Relief Society class she gave to help the sisters become aware of how many people unknown to many , who may have depression. I immediately downloaded and listened to the book,, and then sent a copy to my daughter who also suffers from depression and anxiety. I told her this book was excellent for helping others to understand what she is going through. She immediately shared it with her pastor and other friends. Highly recommend the book. For those who do not know how to help,, this book will help you understand better those suffering from depression, and how you can act with compassion for those suffering from this disease.
Such great insight!! I listened to the audiobook version, twice. Tears come to my eyes on several parts of this book. I've experienced sadness often in my own life and maybe some of those sadness episodes may be considered depression. But for me, it never lingered. I knew people with depression but it never seemed to show itself in any close relative. Then, bam!...I get a call about one of my own children being admitted to the hospital for depression with suicidal thoughts. Fortunately, I had already absorbed the information from this book. It gave me the language I needed to understand my son. I've since bought two copies of this book...one for my son and one for my wife. It's been a helpful tool for them to understand the various facets of this problem that shows up as a thief in the night.
I’m still reading but in just a few chapters I felt like I am going to be OK and I have gained greater empathy for others and renewed knowledge that my Savior understands what so many individuals suffer. It was even more encouraging to read the tender stories of well known people who deal with this disease. Thank you for sharing your very personal story.
Read this book! If you suffer from mental illness you will see some of yourself in this book. It will help you know you are not alone. There is help and hope available. Jane Clayton Johnson does a beautiful job speaking for you and telling her story as well as many of yours.
If you do not have a mental illness, READ THIS BOOK, because someone you know does and you need to understand that clinical depression is like nothing you have experienced. This book will open your eyes on how to better serve and help those around you who suffer with this disease.
Everyone can benefit from all the research and interviews in this beautifully written book. A must read for everyone!
As someone diagnosed with MDD I can't recommend this book enough to those suffering from depression but more importantly to those who are struggling to understand a loved one with depression.
This book is a must read, one of the best books ever written on depression. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who suffers from depression or for anyone who knows someone who suffers from depression.
I just finished reading Jane Clayson Johnson‘s book, Silent Souls Weeping. As a lifetime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints and also a licensed clinical therapist in practice for over 30 years, I am thrilled that Jane has opened wide the blinds on the topic of depression. Her book eloquently and without judgment reminds all of us that no one is immune to mental health issues. Either we or our loved ones will suffer at some point in our lives from the debilitating symptoms of depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. This book inspires and invites each of us to do our part to have eyes to see and ears to hear when those around us are suffering and need our non-judgemental love, compassion and help finding resources to heal. The good news is when people find help and resources with time and support they also find peace and wellness. I have always found it fascinating that the word illness starts with the word I meaning alone or singular where as the word wellness starts with the word We meaning united and together. Together “We” can work with and help those we love through difficult mental health crises. So grateful for Jane’s willingness and the others who courageously shared their stories to bring this topic to the forefront with grace and hope.
Tricia Grimsman LCSW Folsom, CA
What a eye opener, a true honest personal account of what other people might be feeling but are silent because of fear of other people's opinion or being afraid of being judged by their peers. A true understanding of the feelings and emotions of someone going thru depression, this book gave me a clearer understanding of what people go thru when they have depression and the ways we can help the affected individual. I loved the book
Thank you for writing this book and thank you Deseret Book for publishing it. I have read few books in my life that completely changed my way of thinking, but this is one of them. I have many friends who suffer from mental illness and that's why I wanted to read this book. I thought I had a pretty good understanding, but this book opened that door even wider and much more clearly for me.
More importantly, I have come to see times in my life when I was probably suffering from mild anxiety or depression. Thankfully, I've never had a complete break-down, but I think I will face future bouts differently and not be so shy about getting help. This is definitely a book I will read again and encourage everyone I know to read it.
Every single one of us knows someone struggling with depression - whether we realize it or not. This is such an important book to read! I was touched by the author’s heart-wrenching honestly with her own struggle - and the stories of those whom she interviewed. Reading this book helped me to better understand depression, and it has really made me a more compassionate person overall. I can’t recommend this book enough and wish I could give it 10 stars. This is definitely a conversation that needs to keep going......
Sharing your personal history of depression can create its own mental health crisis. I applaud all these sufferers who so bravely sharped their stories with readers. In my own family, depression and anxiety run rampant and we have found that being open about what we are dealing with is a big part of the battle. This book helps alleviate that stigma that still clings to these very real medical conditions. Please, if you suffer or know anyone that suffers from depression, read this book and find comfort in knowing that you are not alone on this seemingly never-ending dark path.